False-colour SEM of the proboscis of a fly

False-colour SEM of the proboscis of a fly

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the extremity of the proboscis of a fly. It is characterised by a series of fine grooves which lock together in the same way as a zip fastener. Flies belong to the order known as Diptera and are divided into many families and thousands of different species. Magnification: x30 at 35mm size. (See H120/177 for a picture of a zip fastener)

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Keywords: animal, diptera, false-coloured, fly, fly's proboscis, insect, insecta, interlocking mechanism, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, proboscis, wildlife, zoology

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